Published: 7th Mar 2012

Symbiosis between old and new technologies offers the best way to ensure the digital revolution benefits all sections of society, says Ivan Tennant The digital revolution creates innumerable opportunities to reverse the fortunes of places in decline. It has the capacity to transform the economic environment in which places find themselves, destroying and creating new models for how can be taken forward. It reduces locational advantages giving places that have been on the margins of economic development a chance to gain access to global markets, it places more power in the hands of ordinary people giving real substance to the vision, set out in the Localism Act, of developers collaborating with people in the way their communities are built. However, among the dividing lines in British society one that is particularly worrying is the digital separation between those with and those without access to broadband connectivity. As non-digital forms of … (To read the full article, subscribe below)